President Iohannis to meet Turkish counterpart Erdogan on Wednesday

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis will meet on Wednesday, in Ankara, his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as part of a state visit to Turkey, the Romanian Presidential Administration reports.

On Wednesday morning, Iohannis will visit the Saint Paraskevi Church of Istanbul, a foundation of ruler Constantin Brancoveanu and place of worship of the Romanian Christian Orthodox community of Istanbul. Moreover, Iohannis will lay flowers at the Ataturk Mausoleum and at the scene of a March 13 attack in Ankara.

He will be welcomed by his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at an official ceremony to take place at the Presidential Palace of Ankara. One-on-one conversations and talks with the entire official delegations are scheduled, to be followed by a joint press statement, at 17:10hrs.

President Klaus Iohannis pays a state visit to the Republic of Turkey, Tuesday through Thursday.

“The general goal of President Iohannis’ visit is strengthening bilateral cooperation based on the strategic partnership between Romania and Turkey, signed in 2011,” the Presidential Administration informs.

According to the statement, approached during the official talks will be a series of topics related to the bilateral, regional, international and security agenda, as well as economic cooperation and the EU-Turkey dialogue, with emphasis on migration issues, collaboration within NATO and in the military area.


Iohannis: Terrorism, a presence in entire civilisation; still, I trust together we prevail


Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis said Tuesday in Istanbul that the attacks in Europe of late show terrorism is a presence in the entire human civilisation, but he voiced confidence that such problems can be solved through solidarity.

“Today is a bleak day for the European Union. Brussels is under terror siege; the European Union is under terror siege and unfortunately so is Turkey. All this shows that terror is a presence in the entire civilisation, that the world’s problems are far from being solved, but we can step in, [and] with friendship among nations, with solidarity among us we stand a good chance of solving the problems. Solidarity is perhaps the aptest word to describe they current situation and I believe everybody was left bereaving, impressed when there were attacks in Istanbul, Ankara, Paris and, unfortunately, in Brussels today,” Iohannis told a meeting with leaders of the Romanian community of Istanbul.

He added that a wish for peace and solidarity should be the response to the terror attacks.

“We have to counterbalance these attacks with our wish for peace and collaboration, our solidarity in solving the big problems facing the region where both we and the Turks live. These are known issues – terror, migration, the war in Syria – as well as many other problems that, unfortunately, keep us busy more than we would have wanted. (…) I fully believe that, together with our partners, we shall overcome, we shall solve these problems,” said Iohannis.

Iohannis told the Romanian community of Turkey that it and the Turkish Tatar community of Romania are a bridge between Romania and Turkey.

He added that the bridge is not anything new and that there have been excellent ties for a long time between the two countries that have been materialised at official and personal levels, in the economic as well as the cultural areas.

“All this makes us believe that Romania and Turkey can continue to build together very many good things,” said Iohannis.


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